Tuesday, August 14, 2012

PlayGround Film Festival Goes (Inter)national!

Just three months after the launch of the PlayGround Film Festival with screenings in San Francisco, Berkeley and San Rafael, PlayGround is now preparing to take the PlayGround Film Festival national... heck, international, even! On Monday, September 24, in conjunction with PlayGround's 2012-13 season kick-off, PlayGround will live stream in HD the entire inaugural PlayGround Film Festival on #newplay tv, a knowledge commons project stewarded by Howlround.com and part of the Center for the Theater Commons at Emerson.

The Film Festival, a joint project of PlayGround and local film company Dances with Light, debuted in May to rave reviews from audiences and artists alike and featured five short films by teams of local filmmakers and writers adapted from past Best of PlayGround short plays as well as short interviews with the screenwriters. Films included: Tom Swift's The Beginning (People's Choice Award); Jonathan Luskin's Ecce Homo, shot in the historic Paramount Theatre; Daniel Heath's Wednesday; Kenn Rabin's Reunion; and Katie May's animated feminist fairytale, The Etymology of Zero. PlayGround recently announced the guidelines and deadline for the second PlayGround Film Festival Competition at http://playground-sf.org/filmfest. Applications are being accepted through October 1, after which PlayGround will announce six new projects to receive seed funding, with the completed short films to be screened in May 2013 at the Best of PlayGround Festival.

PlayGround will rescreen the first PlayGround Film Festival at the Rialto Elmwood Cinemas, 2966 College Ave, Berkeley at 8pm (Pacific Time) on September 24 and simultaneously live stream in HD the hour-and-ten-minute program online at http://newplaytv.info (no special software is required; just an internet connection and web browser). The screening will immediately follow PlayGround's season kick-off celebration, featuring the announcement of the 2012-13 writers pool and subscriber reception. The Rialto Elmwood screening is open to the public and tickets can be purchased at http://www.tix.com/schedule.aspx?OrgNum=2931&ActCode=78123 (reg. $15; PlayGround subscribers get half off). During the screening, audiences can live tweet about their experience and send questions to the filmmakers using the hashtags #playgroundfilmfest and #newplay. National and globally-distributed "watch parties" can be organized at http://meetup.com/newplaytv.

“It's a testament to the writers and the strength of their original short plays how well these works translated to the screen,” commented Film Festival co-producer Barry Stone. Added PlayGround Artistic Director Jim Kleinmann, “We're always working to break down barriers in the development of new writers and new content and are very excited to partner with #newplay tv on this first-of-its-kind free broadcast to bring the work of the Bay Area's best new writers to an (inter)national audience. I'm also looking forward to following the live twitter commentary and reaction at #newplay and #playgroundfilmfest!"

#NEWPLAY TV is an international, shared-resource for live events and performances relevant to the new works theater field. It is open-access and open-source. #NEWPLAY TV's mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and to develop our knowledge commons collectively.. For more information, visit http://newplaytv.info or http://howlround.com.

PlayGround is a leading playwright incubator based in San Francisco. Over the past eighteen years, PlayGround has developed a suite of unique models to support the development of new local writers and their work, including PlayGround's cornerstone programs, Monday Night PlayGround and the Best of PlayGround Festival, as well as the Commissioning Initiative, New Play Production Fund and most recently the PlayGround Film Festival. PlayGround is currently working with the Los Angeles theatre community on the launch of PlayGround-LA. For more information, visit http://playground-sf.org.

Barry Stone, owner of Dances with Light, made his first film in 1979. He has professional credits as an actor, composer and director in the theatre, and as a producer, director, writer, composer, actor, cinematographer and editor in film and television. His directorial credits include four episodes of the British hit series rENFORD rEJECTS, filmed in London for Nickelodeon and Channel Four, "All Ways Welcome", produced and directed for the Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Recreation, and numerous commercials, music videos and corporate films. Barry has been the cinematographer on forty-seven episodes of series television, six MOWs, numerous commercials and twenty-one feature films, notably Lie with me, Mouth to Mouth, Cherish, Triggermen, Pale Saints, Paris France, Rude, Dumbarton Bridge,  The Perfect Son and Dream with the Fishes.  Recently Barry produced and directed SNIFF, a feature length drama / documentary hybrid with Amanda Plummer, Neil Morrissey (and a lot of great dogs).
WHAT: PlayGround Film Festival Screening & Live Stream via #NewPlay TV
WHEN: Monday, September 24, 8pm Pacific Time
WHERE: Rialto Elmwood Cinemas, 2966 College Ave, Berkeley and online at http://newplaytv.info
TICKETS (Rialto Elmwood screening only):  click here.
NOTE: To participate in the live twitter commentary, use hashtags #newplay and #playgroundfilmfest. To organize "watch parties" in your community, visit http://meetup.com/newplaytv.

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